When I first moved to Florida from Pennsylvania I was accustom with backpacking and hiking in the mountains. As you know the Tampa Bay area of Florida is not know for mountains.
Florida is known for its water. And the kayak is a fun means to move you from one location to another. Just as hiking shoes, automobile, mountain bike, ATV, SUP, et cetera, are all something we use to travel in the outdoors. The kayak (and SUP) adds to our freedom on the water. And there are tricks that will expand your fun on the water.